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Regional Issues and Travel Patterns

  • In 2012, Florida became the second state to allow driverless cars.
    Florida Trend. "Automobiles", September 2013.
  • In 2011, Floridians drove an estimated 10,200 vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per person, or eight percent more than the average for the rest of the nation.
    Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
  • In 2011, residents of Florida's four largest urban areas were saved over 15 million hours and $323 million due to congestion alleviation from public transit.
    Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
  • Florida's Transit Office stated in 2011 that transit service for most Floridians was inadequate, and that existing levels of transit service made it unattractive -- 84.4% of Florida's urban transit ridership was transported by bus in 2009.
    Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
  • The year 2012 saw the highest number of visitors to the state in history -- an estimated 91.4 million, generating $4.2 billion in sales tax revenue and over 1 million jobs -- with just over 50% of those visitors by air.
    Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
  • The Tampa-Orlando Megapolitan Area will add over 70% more people by the year 2040.
    American Planning Association, Planning Magazine, “America 2040: The Rise of the Megapolitans”, January 2007.
  • In member surveys conducted by the Tampa Bay Partnership, transportation was named the number one issue affecting the region’s economic competitiveness.
    Tampa Bay Partnership, 2006.
  • The Interstate System accounts for 3% of total public lane miles in Florida, but carries 30% of our total traffic.
    Florida Department of Transportation, 2006.
  • By Year 2030, the miles people are expected to travel in the West Central Florida region will increase by almost 100% – and will cause a 300% increase in travel delay.
    Florida Department of Transportation, 2006.
  • From 1990 to 2005, the population of the Tampa-St. Petersburg region has grown by 31% - in that same time, the total annual delay in travel time has increased by 119%.
    Texas Transportation Institute, The 2007 Urban Mobility Report, Mobility Data for Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, September 2007.